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Woo-Sung hits a hole in one… again

Woo-Sung Lee celebrates his hole in one at Tauranga Golf Course.
Woo-Sung Lee celebrates his hole in one at Tauranga Golf Course.

Woo-Sung Lee, a master of the golf course and the Taekwondo mat, recently showcased his golfing prowess with a hole in one at Tauranga Golf Course. This marks the second time Woo-Sung has aced a hole, but the first to be officially recorded.

He achieved his first hole in one during a friendly game at Whangarei Golf Course. Remarkably, Woo-Sung’s friend also managed to sink a hole in one on the very same hole.

“It was a par 3 – about 90 metres. I hit a hole in one first, then he teed off and hit one second. Same game, same hole. Two in a row,” recalls Woo-Sung.

 Woo-Sung captures the moment he hit a hole in one.
Woo-Sung captures the moment he hit a hole in one.

With such refined golfing skills, you’d be forgiven for thinking Woo-Sung has played his whole life. However, he didn’t start playing golf until he was 29. What started as a few friendly rounds turned into a PGA apprenticeship and five years as a Golf Pro in both Whangarei and Tauranga.

“I didn’t like it at the beginning, but I fell in love with it at some stage,” says Woo-Sung.

“I dropped my job and went to Whangarei. I heard it was a quiet place with cheaper golf memberships.”

Taking inspiration from golfing legends, such as Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Ernie Els, Woo-Sung assessed their performance to perfect his own.

With two aces under his belt, the future on the fairway looks bright for Woo-Sung. His passion for golf has left a lasting impression on his children, particularly his daughter who boasts a 9-handicap and has been selected as a Junior Championship Pennant.

“She’s trying to play as much as she can. She’s on a single-figure handicap now,” says Woo-Sung.

“My son shot 82 three weeks ago. It’s not even his 10th game – he’s very talented.”

Aged 12 and 13, Woo-Sung’s children regularly play in local tournaments.

Beyond the golf course, Woo-Sung is a 5th dan black belt in Taekwondo, earning him the title of Taekwondo Master. He represented South Korea at an international level and went on to become an instructor.

Woo-Sung was born and raised in Seoul and moved to New Zealand when he was 24. After trying his hand at hotel management, car sales, law enforcement, and golf coaching, Woo-Sung decided to purchase a CrestClean franchise in 2014. He won Rookie Franchisee of the Year in the same year. With a keen willingness to upskill, Woo-Sung moved into the role of Quality Assurance Co-ordinator in 2017.

Stay tuned to see if Woo-Sung can rewrite the record books with his next incredible shot.


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